The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou (Axe) Hill. It is 10 kilometers from the north suburb of Chengdu City, and can be reached by the Panda Road. It covers an area of 600 acres. The air here is fresh with the bamboo growing luxuriantly and flocks of wild birds flying around. There are 39 giant pandas and tens of precious animals such as red pandas and black-necked cranes. The Giant Panda Museum, Butterfly Exhibit Hall and Vertebrae Animal Exhibit are located in the Base. The Giant Panda Museum was established in 1992. This is the only museum in the world which focuses entirely on the endangered giant panda. In addition to the Giant Panda Museum, a Butterfly and Vertebrate Museum have also recently been opened. These three separate museums work collectively to educate visitors.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the most famous conservation and protection center for giant pandas and "State Science Popularization Base". What's more, it is the most ideal ecological tourism place for visitors all around world to get to know the appearance of giant pandas and to get around the wild nature. It was awarded "the Global 500 Award" twice from the United Nations Environmental Planning Department in the year of 1989 and 1994.
The best time to visit is in the morning between 8:30 and 10am, during feeding time. Outside these hours it's likely the bears will be indulging in their favorite pastime, sleeping!